#1
Hi, I'm a beginner at guitar and am not sure if there's a big difference of sound between full hollow guitars and those that aren't. I want to play electric guitar but I love acoustic songs too so is there a big difference ? Thank you.
Last edited by chorlie at Dec 16, 2011,
#2
The Les Paul 100? It's completely solid.

There's a big difference between solid, semi-hollow, and hollow. There's a more subtle difference between solid and chambered. Most come down to preference, though. If you're looking at that budget range, you're going to get the most bang for your buck in a solidbody.
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Quote by chorlie
I want to play electric guitar but I love acoustic songs too so is there a big difference ?


Most hollow electrics don’t sound anything like an acoustic when unplugged. They sound a lot more like a banjo. The bodies are made of maple plywood or even carved from boards, both are much thicker than the thin pine bodies of acoustics. Knobs and pickups suck away resonance, especially on low notes. If you really want an acoustic/electric look at the big 1920s style jazz box guitars made by companies like Godin. But most electrics will give you a really nice clean sound if you just play off the neck pickup or both pickups with a lot of digital reverb.
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Quote by jpnyc
Most hollow electrics don’t sound anything like an acoustic when unplugged. They sound a lot more like a banjo. The bodies are made of maple plywood or even carved from boards, both are much thicker than the thin pine bodies of acoustics. Knobs and pickups suck away resonance, especially on low notes. If you really want an acoustic/electric look at the big 1920s style jazz box guitars made by companies like Godin. But most electrics will give you a really nice clean sound if you just play off the neck pickup or both pickups with a lot of digital reverb.

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#5
@Roc8005: Do solid bodies sound good unplugged? I don't think I'll be using my amp much I've too much to learn and songs that require pedals and stuff are too hard for me I'd rather play easy chord songs.

@jpnyc: They sound like banjos?
Like the epiphone casino in this video: http://youtu.be/PBoYHZBPMg8 ?

If this is the banjo sound you were talking about I definitely want to buy hollow type guitars. I just want to play alone in the comfort of my room and this type of noise relaxes me.

Can you recommend any guitars that sound like the Epiphone Casino? I think I would regret spending 600+ on my first guitar! I would really appreciate your opinion please.
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Quote by chorlie
@Roc8005: Do solid bodies sound good unplugged? I don't think I'll be using my amp much I've too much to learn and songs that require pedals and stuff are too hard for me I'd rather play easy chord songs.

@jpnyc: They sound like banjos?
Like the epiphone casino in this video: http://youtu.be/PBoYHZBPMg8 ?

If this is the banjo sound you were talking about I definitely want to buy hollow type guitars. I just want to play alone in the comfort of my room and this type of noise relaxes me.

Can you recommend any guitars that sound like the Epiphone Casino? I think I would regret spending 600+ on my first guitar! I would really appreciate your opinion please.


It doesn't sound bad unplugged, just not very loud, you'll be able to hear it though.

Here's what a solid body, semi hollow and hollow body look like:

Solid, body is maybe chambered at most (Meaning little of the body has wood removed, I think it's so it's not super heavy) Les Paul:
http://www.ishibashi.co.jp/webshop/list/image/311939400/7.jpg

Semi, It's about as wide as a solid but but hollow except for the middle where If I'm correct should have a block in it. Pictured is a Casino:
http://www.themusiczoo.com/images/3-17-11/8210_Epiphone_Casino_Vintage_Sunburst_10111502882_1.jpg

Hollow, completely hollow and has the body about the size of an acoustic.
Pictured is a Gretsch White Falcon
http://im15.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/white_falcon.jpg

If I got anything wrong someone please correct me.

Oh, and a recommendation I suggest the Epiphone dot, it's a lot like the Casino and incredible for the price. Plus if it's a little to big for you (Semi's and hollow are generally bigger than Solid guitars) Epiphone has a ES-339 that is essentially the dot with a smaller body coming out real soon.

EDIT: That video is poorly recorded and I believe he is slightly out of tune, you don't want to sound like that. And I forgot to state, none of these will sound like an acoustic, if you want an acoustic you can only achieve the sound via acoustic, but that doesn't mean acoustic songs will sound bad on any of these, Solid Body included.
Last edited by srvfan2022 at Dec 16, 2011,
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well it's definitely not going to sound like a banjo.
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Quote by srvfan2022
It doesn't sound bad unplugged, just not very loud, you'll be able to hear it though.

Here's what a solid body, semi hollow and hollow body look like:

Solid, body is maybe chambered at most (Meaning little of the body has wood removed, I think it's so it's not super heavy) Les Paul:
http://www.ishibashi.co.jp/webshop/list/image/311939400/7.jpg

Semi, It's about as wide as a solid but but hollow except for the middle where If I'm correct should have a block in it. Pictured is a Casino:
http://www.themusiczoo.com/images/3-17-11/8210_Epiphone_Casino_Vintage_Sunburst_10111502882_1.jpg

Hollow, completely hollow and has the body about the size of an acoustic.
Pictured is a Gretsch White Falcon
http://im15.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/white_falcon.jpg

If I got anything wrong someone please correct me.

Oh, and a recommendation I suggest the Epiphone dot, it's a lot like the Casino and incredible for the price. Plus if it's a little to big for you (Semi's and hollow are generally bigger than Solid guitars) Epiphone has a ES-339 that is essentially the dot with a smaller body coming out real soon.

EDIT: That video is poorly recorded and I believe he is slightly out of tune, you don't want to sound like that. And I forgot to state, none of these will sound like an acoustic, if you want an acoustic you can only achieve the sound via acoustic, but that doesn't mean acoustic songs will sound bad on any of these, Solid Body included.


@srvfan2022

Epiphone dot, thanks a lot. I'll wait and see if the ES-339 has good reviews when it comes out, it's the true the smaller the better but there are a lot of other girls about my size who seem to play acoustic guitars with no problem on so how bad could it be to use a solid guitar.

Hmm I don't mind if he's out of tune in that video it's the noise I like and I can't tell when guitars are a bit in or out of tune yet

Acoustic guitars are really loud I find. I tried playing a few chords on my friend's guitar and I thought it was way too loud unless I was strumming very slowly.. The noise on that video sounds perfect for me I try not to disturb anyone and it's only for fun when I'm alone or a few other friends.

Thanks again I'm really looking forward to the ES-339 release

edit: If I take a semi-hollow guitar will it be easier to do bar chords? I can't do one not on my friend's acoustic at least :/
Last edited by chorlie at Dec 16, 2011,
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Quote by chorlie
@srvfan2022

Epiphone dot, thanks a lot. I'll wait and see if the ES-339 has good reviews when it comes out, it's the true the smaller the better but there are a lot of other girls about my size who seem to play acoustic guitars with no problem on so how bad could it be to use a solid guitar.

Hmm I don't mind if he's out of tune in that video it's the noise I like and I can't tell when guitars are a bit in or out of tune yet

Acoustic guitars are really loud I find. I tried playing a few chords on my friend's guitar and I thought it was way too loud unless I was strumming very slowly.. The noise on that video sounds perfect for me I try not to disturb anyone and it's only for fun when I'm alone or a few other friends.

Thanks again I'm really looking forward to the ES-339 release

edit: If I take a semi-hollow guitar will it be easier to do bar chords? I can't do one not on my friend's acoustic at least :/


Well what I mean by that video it's really bad quality. Meaning when you actually play one it'll sound different.

It should be easier to do slightly but not by much, barre chords aren't really that hard if practice them enough.

I suggest you go to a store and try the three types, you should be able to tell what you like more than what I can explain.

But good luck.